“Getting” a horse’s attention… By Catherine Bell

Linda Parelli recently increased her notoriety when a YouTube video of her working with a horse received “trial by internet” (the Linda Parelli video mentioned). Her response to the wide-ranging criticisms included the reason that she needed the horse’s attention to be focused on her in order to work him safely. This prompted further on-line […]

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Conference Review: The first Pan-African seminar on working equines (March 2010), By Suzanne Rogers

At the end of March I left the dismal weather in the UK for the sunny Gambia to present at the first Pan-African Conference on Working Equines. The conference, entitled ‘Better Management, Improved Performance’ was organised by the World Association for Transport Animal Welfare and Studies (TAWS) in association with The Gambia Horse and Donkey […]

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The Different Techniques Known as Clicker Training, By Emma Lethbridge.

When considering a way to train their horse using positive reinforcement, most horse owners find themselves investigating clicker training. However, once the horse owner starts to read into clicker training, or visits a few clinics, it soon becomes apparent that different trainers use clicker training in different ways. Clicker training is not one singular technique, […]

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Why is who we are as people so important to who we are as trainers? By Ben Hart

The science of behaviour does not yet have all the answers to the questions posed by our horses; in fact it does not have all the explanations for human behaviour and learning fully defined. When dealing with the elements of behaviour which are unknown, our interpretations are supposition of behavioural intent. We make assumptions on […]

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The Politics of Presupposition, By Damian Stenton.

Presuppositions can be described as central principles or beliefs that provide a guiding philosophy for our lives or systems within which we operate.  They are called ‘presuppositions’ because you pre-suppose them to be true and act as if they were. Now, there are countless many presuppositions out there which we have all personally formed and […]

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Thoughts on Pressure Halters, By Ben Hart

Are pressure halters and thin rope halters good or bad? Pressure halters are just collections of webbing, buckles, brass fittings or plastic they are not inherently good or bad. That said people immediately leap to the conclusion that it is the hands that hold them that determine their label. I personally don’t think it is […]

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Horse Sense or Nonsense: How Do You Decide? By Alison Averis

In the equine world there are many sellers of goods and services who say that their products will make your horse healthier, or happier, or easier to ride, or more likely to win competitions. How can you evaluate these claims, and sort out the facts from the fiction? And when does it matter? It matters […]

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Some Thoughts on Bounderies. By Catherine Bell

With my toddler’s second birthday fast approaching, the subject of boundaries is close to my heart. The “just you wait until….” brigade has been out in strength, warning me of the need to enforce boundaries before my toddler turns into a monster. Funnily enough, different people with the same message gave me similar warnings about […]

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Traditional Trainer or Modern Trainer? By Ben Hart

Often “modern” trainers talk about traditional training with a sense of moral high ground and perhaps a note of superiority creeping into the voice during any comparison of tradition and modern horse training. I think the term traditional is often incorrectly used as a substitute label for a belief that a method of training is […]

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